Local Activist Applauds Youths' Anti-Gun Efforts

"It has just blown me away to see the leadership and the eloquence by this young generation, and it gives me a lot of hope for our future."

Brian Kelly
February 19, 2018 - 1:17 pm
Courtesy: Moms Demand Action

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - As momentum builds towards marches and walkouts over last week's Florida school shooting, a local activist is seeing light at the end of the tunnel for those calling for stricter gun control laws.

"I've been working on this issue for five years - since Sandy Hook," says Becky Morgan, the Missouri chapter leader of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, "and this really does feel different to me."

One thing that's different, she says, is who is contacting her.

"I have people from all over Missouri, places like Joplin and Rolla and very rural areas, who are reaching out, wanting to get involved. So, that really does show to me a culture shift," Morgan says.

She's also very impressed with the push from young people. "It has just blown me away to see the leadership and the eloquence by this young generation, and it gives me a lot of hope for our future."

Morgan's push is for expanded background checks, which she says an overwhelming number of Americans support. 

While she may attend the march planed for March 24 in Washington, Morgan says her group may hold one in St. Louis that same day.

"Our children's lives are on the line," she says, "and if we don't act quickly,  this could happen again very soon."